Obscura 3 — Pro Camera by Ben McCarthy (iPhone)
Released: Feb 16, 2022
Version: 2022.9
Size: 34 MB
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Obscura 3 — Pro Camera

Ben McCarthy
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Obscura 3 is a camera app packed full of features to help you take incredible photos. Obscura pairs a stunning design with intuitive controls that make taking photos a delight.

Obscura 2 has been featured numerous times by Apple around the world, including as Editor’s Choice and App of the Day. And Obscura 3 is even better.


Obscura squeezes a bunch of powerful features into simple controls anyone can master. The interface balances aesthetics, ergonomics, and intuitiveness. You won’t want to use anything else. All the camera controls can be reached with one thumb, and gestures and haptics combine to create a tactile experience that lets you stay focused on your subject.

Themes, manual light and dark modes, custom app icons. All gorgeous.

Camera Features

Obscura 3 has been designed around 5 distinct camera modes:
Photo - simple, fast performance
Pro Photo - maximum control
Depth - portraits & depth data
Live Photo - for.. Live Photos
Video - video capture with pro controls

To adjust exposure, just touch your thumb to the Exposure Button and move it in a circle, like turning a dial. Couldn’t be simpler and it feels great. And you can just tap the button to instantly reset the exposure bias.

Just like exposure, drag your thumb around the Focus Button to focus manually. And you’ll get both a focus loupe and focus peaking to help you get your subject perfectly crisp. ^1

ISO & Shutter Speed

White Balance
AWB, White Point, Scene Presets, and manual Temp + Tint.

Photo Formats
ProRAW ^2, RAW, HEIC, and JPEG photos, Live Photos and Depth Data ^3.

Video Formats
1080p or 4K at 24,30 or 60fps ^4

Lots of new filters, some old favorites. You can now disable filters and set favorites for quick access. All included.

Aspect Ratio
Capture photos in 4:3, 1:1, 16:9, and 2:1 aspect ratios.

Small or large, luminance or color.

Lines, crosshairs, or none.

Spirit Level
For perfectly level horizons that would make Wes Anderson proud.


I hear tick tock is really popular with the youths.

Customise Obscura to your heart’s content, and save those customisations into presets to quickly access at any time.


Not only has the camera interface been redesigned, but the library has been reconsidered from the ground up to give you quick access to your most important photos, without sacrificing performance.

View Options
Obscura lets you configure exactly what’s displayed in the library views, so you can hide screenshots and memes to help you focus on your photos.

You can also adjust the size of thumbnails to suit your preference. And keep hidden photos hidden. Naturally.

Image View & Editing
Browse, share, fav, rate, edit. Whether you want to dig into metadata, triage through your vacation photos, or apply some cool filters, you’ll find it here.

Settings & More
Obscura’s Settings has a bunch of options, allowing you to manage filters, tweak camera behaviours, change the theme, read the walkthrough and more.

Apple Watch Support
Use your Apple Watch as a camera remote. You can change capture mode, set exposure and more!

Game Controller Support (Beta)
It’s a little rough, but yes, you can use a game controller to control your camera.

1. Manual Focus only available in single camera modes, not while using a Virtual Dual or Triple camera. Yes, this sucks but the virtual cameras are weird and full of quirks
2. ProRAW only available on iPhone 12 Pro and 13 Pro
3. Depth Data only available on Dual, Triple, or TrueDepth Camera systems
4. Video formats vary by device

Thanks for checking out Obscura. If you decide to buy, we hope you’ll consider rating it, or sharing with someone you think might like it.

All the best,
Ben & Adam

What's new in version 2022.9
Don’t forget to leave a review if you’ve been enjoying Obscura (and appreciating the frequent updates with features and bug fixes)!

Here’s what new in version 2022.9:


Added Korean Localization
Please let us know if you spot any mistakes!

Bug Fixes

Photo Capture Error Fix
If set to capture RAW with no preview image, the capture can sometimes fail. If this is detected, Obscura will automatically capture a preview for future captures. If you’ve been experiencing this issue, I’m really sorry. It’s been a real headache to deal with, as I haven’t been able to reproduce it consistently.

Display Zoom Fix
Fixed a bug where the viewfinder would be scaled incorrectly when Display Zoom is enabled.

Storage Cache Fix
Fixed a bug where a temporary cache would not be emptied.


If you’re enjoying Obscura, we’d really appreciate if you could leave us a quick review!

And if you’re having any issues, please get in touch with support@obscura.studio and we’ll see what we can do to help you out.

All the best,
Ben & Adam
Our verdict: Good
  • + Obscura 3 — Pro Camera is a highly rated app (4-star).
  • + It is currently 50% off its regular price.
  • + The app is also at the lowest price we've seen.
  • + Obscura 3 — Pro Camera is currently ranked #52 in paid Photo-Video apps for iPhone.
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